Awards

An award-winning City


City of Mesquite has a new community vision of setting standards of excellence in areas of services, programs and overall quality of life. Mesquite's innovative programs have led to state, national and international recognition.


2019

Texas Main Street Program Designation, Texas Historical Commission
MTSI Traffic Safety Award, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, National Procurement Institute, 2003-2019

​2018

Five Star Transparency Award for Public Accessibility, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada - 2014-2018
Economic Excellence Award, Texas Economic Development Council - 2016-2018
Texas Achievement in Library Excellence Award, Texas Municipal Library Directors Association - 2016-2018

2001-2013

Film Friendly Texas Designation, Texas Film Commission - 2013
Local Cultural Grants Program Grant Recipient, Texas Commission on the Arts - 1992-2012
Tree City U.S.A. Designee, National Arbor Day Foundation - 1990-2012
Community Partnership Program Excellence Award, International City/County Management Association - 2011
Best Renovation Award, AVIDGolfer Magazine
No. 48, Top 50 Public Golf Courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, AVIDGolfer Magazine - 2011
Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association - 2011
Excellence in Programming Award, Texas Recreation and Park Society - 2011
Award of Excellence, City-Council Communications and Marketing Association - 2011
Nature Explore Classroom Certification, Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation - 2011
Savvy Award for Printed Publications/Advertising, City-Council Communications and Marketing Association - 2011
National Endowment for the Arts Award, National Endowment for the Arts - 2005-2011
No. 50, Top 50 Public Golf Courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, AVIDGolfer Magazine - 2010
Innovation in Programming Award, DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors - 2010
Second Largest General Aviation Airport in North Texas, Dallas Business Journal - 2010
Golf Course Renovation Project of the Year, Texas Turfgrass Association - 2010
Project of the Year: Interstate Highway 635 Interchange, Texas Public Works Association – 2010
Scenic City Silver Level Certification, Scenic City Certification Program - 2010
Narcotic Unit of the Year: North Region, Texas Narcotic Officers Association - 2010, 2009
Project of the Year: Tripp Road, Texas Public Works Association - 2009
Alumni Association of the Year, Texas Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association - 2008
Community of the Year (Honorable Mention), Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association - 2008
Preservation Achievement Award, Preservation Dallas - 2008
Comprehensive Planning Award, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association - 2008
Historic Restoration Award, Preservation Texas - 2008
Gold Star Affiliate, Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. - 2009, 2008, 2006
President’s Circle Award, Keep America Beautiful - 2009, 2008, 2006
Governor's Community Achievement Award, Keep Texas Beautiful, Inc. and the Texas Department of Transportation
- First Place - 2004, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1990 
- Second Place - 2000, 1993, 1989
- Sustained Excellence Award - 2006 
- Award of Excellence - 2008
- Citation of Merit - 2009, 2008
Exemplary Code Award: Truman Heights Revitalization Code, Form-Based Code Institute - 2008
Soccer Field of the Year, Texas Turfgrass Association
- Bruton Soccer Complex - 2008
- Eastfield Soccer Complex - 2005
- Bruton Soccer Complex - 2001
Pedestrian Safety Initiative Award, Police Chief Magazine - 2007
Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency, Texas Crime Prevention Association - 2007
Outstanding Crime Prevention Media, Texas Crime Prevention Association - 2007
Regional Exceptional Service Award, National Association of School Resource Officers - 2007
Innovative Maintenance Award, DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors Association - 2006
Innovation in Programming Award, DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors – 2006
Recognized for the Christy Lynn Meeks Murder Case, National Center for the Missing and Exploited Children - 2006 
Honorary Life Membership, Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers Association - 2005
Member City Award, Texas Amateur Athletic Federation - 2005
Reliever Airport of the Year, Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division - 2005
Vehicle Theft Award of Merit, National Insurance Crime Bureau, LoJack Corporation and IACP Vehicle Theft Committee - 2005
Total Coliform Rule Program Award, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - 2005, 1997-2001, 1992-1996
Preserve America Community, White House, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation - 2004
Innovation in Programming Award, DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors - 2004
Best Parks Award, D Magazine - 2004
Outstanding New Recreation Program Award, National Recreation and Park Association, Southwest Region - 2004
Outstanding Partnership Award, National Recreation and Park Association Southwest Region - 2004
Softball Field of the Year, Texas Turfgrass Association - 2004, 2002
Innovative Maintenance Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Society - 2003
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Government Finance Officers Association - 1980-2011
Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, National Purchasing Institute, Inc. - 2003-2011
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Government Finance Officers Association - 1986-2011
Regional Maintenance Award, Texas Recreation and Parks Association - 2002
Community Economic Development Award of Excellence, Texas Economic Development Council - 2001
“100 Heroes of the Mesquite Independent School District” Recognition, Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees - 2001
Golden Web Award, International Association of Web Masters & Designers - 2001
Travel Demand Management (Air Quality) Award, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition among non-transit member cities - 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999

1990-2000

National Award: 17th Annual National Night Out, National Association of Town Watch - 2000
Facility Design/Construction Award, DFW Area Parks and Recreation Directors Association - 2000
Texas Safety Award of Honor, Texas Safety Association - 2000
Award of Merit, Texas Safety Association - 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Silver Circle Award, City-County Communications Marketing Association
- “The Police Bulletin” 1998, 2001
- “KKID Live: Stranger Danger” 1998
Best New Industrial Project: Skyline Business Park, Dallas Business Journal - 2000
Environmental Visions Award, Dallas County Corporate Recycling Council
- First Place, Recycling and Waste Minimization - 2000
- First Place, Landscaping and Composting - 1996
- First Place, Recycling and Waste Minimization -1996
Certificate of Recognition: Outstanding Municipal Utility Award, Texas Municipal Utilities Association - 1999
Clean Cities Designee, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission - 1998
Best City for Women in Texas, Ladies Home Journal - 1998
Growth Award, National Arbor Day Foundation - 1998
Crime Prevention Agency of the Year, Texas Crime Prevention Association - 1998
Award of Merit for “The Police Bulletin,” City Hall Communications - 1998
First Place Award: Illegal Dumping and Enforcement, Keep Texas Beautiful - 1998
Environmental Vision Award, Texas Corporate Recycling Council - 1997
Jimmy Huff Lone Star Safety Award, Texas Division of the Solid Waste Association of North America - 1997
Top 10 Safest Cities in the United States, Money Magazine
- Designated Ninth Safest City - 1997
- Designated Tenth Safest City - 1996
Webber Seavey Award Semi-Finalist, International Association of Chiefs of Police - 1996
Excellence in Community Policing Honorable Mention, National League of Cities - 1996
Criminal Justice Award, Attorney General of Texas - 1996
Environmental Visions Award, Texas Corporate Recycling Council - 1996
Texas Community Forestry Award, Texas Urban Forestry Council and the Texas Forest Service - 1996
All-America City Finalist, National Civic League and the Allstate Foundation - 1995
Public Safety Program Excellence Award, International City/County Management Association - 1994
Propane Superstar Award, Texas Railroad Commission’s Local Government/Cities Division - 1993
American Concrete Pavement Award, American Concrete Pavement Association - 1992, 1993
Award of Excellence, National League of Cities - 1992
National Award: Partnerships for Vulnerable Youth, U.S. Conference of Mayors - 1992
Bird Sanctuary Designation, National Audubon Society - 1991
City Livability Outstanding Achievement Award, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management of North America, Inc. - 1991
Texas Urban Forestry Award, Texas Forest Service - 1990-1997

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